Sarah Rose Summers admits she disrespected Cambodian and Vietnamese contestants

Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers ‘sorry’ for Comments About Miss Vietnam, Miss Cambodia.

The woman who holds the Miss USA 2018 title Sarah Rose Summer has apologized after she was captured on video mocking on Miss Universe Contestants two of her fellow competitors for their English-speaking skills.

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Miss USA, sorry, Admits Mistakes, After Mocking Miss Universe Contestants, English-speaking skills

In a live Instagram video posted on Wednesday, 24-year-old contestant Sarah Rose Summers said that Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie is “so cute and she pretends to know so much English and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she (nods and smiles).”

The controversy comes just days before the Miss Universe pageant airs on Dec. 16 from Thailand.  Summer isn’t the only recent celebrity to apologize for their actions. See who else recently took back their words, below.

Summers, who was joined in the video by Miss Colombia, Valeria Morales and Miss Australia, Francesca Hung, was attending the Miss Universe pageant in Thailand, which is scheduled to begin on Sunday in Bangkok.

Later on in the video, Summers appeared to express sympathy for Miss Cambodia, Rern Sinat, who she said, “doesn’t speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language.”

Miss USA, sorry, Admits Mistakes, After Mocking Miss Universe Contestants, English-speaking skills

“Can you imagine? Francesca (Miss Australia) said that would be so isolating and I said yes and just confusing all the time,” Summers said. “Poor Cambodia.”

The comments quickly sparked outrage online with some calling Summers’ comments “xenophobic” and “condescending”.

Miss USA, sorry, Admits Mistakes, After Mocking Miss Universe Contestants, English-speaking skills

Reposting the video on its page, anonymous Instagram account Diet Prada wrote: “Regina George, is that you? @sarahrosesummers hopefully will prove that ignorance will not win you a @missuniverse title…whatever that means these days.

“This is basically what normalised xenophobia looks like. If she’s trying to show empathy, the condescending, intolerant tone tells a different story.”

In response to the criticism, Summers posted an apology to her Instagram account on Friday where she said that Miss Universe was “an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other’s cultures, life experiences, and views”.

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Regina George, is that you? This is basically like the most dramatic reality show, but condensed into 1 minute lol. @sarahrosesummers hopefully will prove that ignorance will not win you a @missuniverse title…whatever that means these days. This is basically what normalized xenophobia looks like. If she’s trying to show empathy, the condescending, intolerant tone tells a different story. A reminder that you’re participating in a competition in a country/continent where English is NOT the primary language. Cc: @francesca.hung @valeriamoralesd @rern_sinat (Miss Cambodia) • #sarahrosesummers #rernsinat #valeriamorales #francescahung #missuniverse2018 #missuniverse #missworld #missusa #missaustralia #misscolombia #beautyqueen #beautypageant #pageant #pageantlife #missamerica #wiwt #ootd #realityshow #meangirls #reginageorge #gossip #catty #lol #wtf #dietprada

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Alongside a photo of her embracing her fellow contestants, she added: “In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realise can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologise.

“My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another.“I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H’Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me.”

The photo has since been liked more than 20,000 times.

It seems that all is forgiven among the contestants as Miss Cambodia went on to post the same photo as Summer with the caption: “I speak the language of love, respect and understanding.

“My friendship and sisterhood in Miss Universe will forever be kept in my heart,” she said. “Our experience have given us the opportunity to show and learn different cultures.”

Judging by Sinat’s Instagram post, the apology appears to have been accepted. Sinat added a shot of all five women, writing, “I speak the language of love, respect and understanding.

I love you my sisters.”

H’Hen Niê also shared the photos

Although some praised Summers for learning from her mistakes, others have continued to berate her. Many commenters have also called Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam “classy” and “forgiving” for accepting Summers’s apology.

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